Light aircraft operate out of the south side of the airfield for pilot training and other leisure and business purposes. When a pilot is training they have to undertake ‘circuits’ of the airfield to practice landings and take-offs, however, sometimes the light aircraft will have to 'orbit' within the circuit, in a holding position under the instructions of Air Traffic Control. In respect of orbiting aircraft, most airports with public transport operations (as is the case at Leeds Bradford Airport) have to orbit light aircraft as a matter of course.
For safety reasons, a light aircraft needs up to between six and eight miles spacing behind a large commercial aircraft and this spacing is achieved by orbiting. Orbits within the circuit are an essential practice for integrating light aircraft traffic with larger and faster commercial traffic and are normal aviation practice in compliance with the Air Navigation Order.
If you wish to contact us regarding airport noise, use the noise contact form or call 0113 391 1625.